Aramide (musician)

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Aramide
Native name
Aramide
Birth nameAramide Sarumoh
Born22 June
Nigeria
OriginIbadan, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
Years active2011-present
LabelsArry Moore
Associated acts
Websitewww.aramidemusic.com

Aramide Sarumoh, (born 22 June),[1] known professionally as Aramide, is a Nigerian Afro-soul singer and songwriter.[2] She won Best Vocal Performance (Female) for "Iwo Nikan" at the Headies 2015.[3] She graduated with a political science degree from the University of Jos.
In 2019, Aramide was appointed by The Recording Academy as a Board of Governor for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Academy.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Aramide is married. Her traditional marriage and white wedding were held on 18 April 2015 in her hometown, Ibadan.[5][6][7]

Music career and breakthrough single[edit]

Aramide's music quest started in 2006, when she contested on ‘Star Quest’ one of Nigeria’s most prestigious and competitive music talent hunt shows. Her band did very well in the competition as they were judged the 3rd Runners Up. In 2008, she was a part of a show called ‘Divas Unplugged’ in the famous city of Jos in Nigeria; the show had all the leading female artistes in the Nigerian music industry and her participation in this show was very challenging and rewarding, and her performance and involvement was very inspirational.[8] On September 9, 2014 she got signed to Baseline Music after exiting from Trybe Records.[9][10]

Iwo Nikan[edit]

On February 4, 2015 Aramide released her first single under Baseline Music, "Iwo Nikan", which ended up not just being a single but a breakthrough for her and the label Baseline Music. She won Best Vocal Performance for the same song "Iwo Nikan" at The Headies Award 2015.

Musical influence and genres[edit]

Aramide's music is influenced by Erykah Badu, Miriam Makeba, Sade, and Angélique Kidjo. Aramide fuses soul and jazz with African music to depict her sound.[11] She performs in Yoruba and English, and is known for her style, which she calls Afro-Soul.

Suitcase[edit]

Aramide's debut album Suitcase was released November 22, 2016. It features features guest appearances from Sound Sultan, Ice Prince, Adekunle Gold, Koker and Sir Dauda. The album was produced by Cobhams, Laitan Dada, Sizzle Pro and Tintin.[12]

Aramide Suitcase Live (ASL)[edit]

Aramide embarked on a debut tour and showcased her album in the United States, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada and other countries. The tour was titled "Aramide Suitcase Live" (ASL).

Songversation With Aramide (SWA)[edit]

Songversation With Aramide is an initiative of Afro-Soul/Jazz musician Aramide. The event, which is in its second year, is held annually to mark the International Women's Day through the promotion of positive narratives for Nigerian women.

As a concert-style event, it blends music with topical conversation to motivate women to take the lead, foster personal development and gain societal recognition. The event, also celebrates the achievements of women who have made impact in the unique fields.

With featured performances from Aramide and other artistes, the event highlights the power of music in championing the goals of women.

Notable Performances and Songs[edit]

She has been performing in several popular events and shows since she rose to stardom in United Kingdom, Canada, Dubai, Nigeria, Ghana etc.:[13][14]

As lead artist[edit]

List of Aramide's singles as lead artist before debut Album [15]

Title Year
"Killing Me" 2011
"It’s Over"
"Feeling This Feeling" 2014
"Iwo Nikan" 2015
"Odun Tuntun"
"I Don't Care"
"Love Me" 2016
"FunMi Lowo"

Her single "I Don’t Care" was spotted on number 1 spot on MTN Yhello Top 10 Nigeria Chart, number 4 on Alternative Music Naija Chart on Top Radio 90.9 FM and number 3 on Alternative Nigeria Chart on Radio Continental 102.3FM.[16] Also "Love Me" picked on number 1 spot on Alternative Nigerian Chart on The Beat 99.9 FM [17] and on number 3 spot on Playdata Chart.[18]

Chart (2015–16) Song Peak
position
MTN Yhello Top 10 Nigeria "I Don't Care" 1
Top Radio 90.9 FM 4
Radio Continental 102.3FM 3
The Beat 99.9 FM "Love Me" 1
Playdata Chart 3
The Beat 99.9 FM "FunMi Lowo" 1
Playdata Chart 10

As Featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist
Title Artist Name(s) Year
"Falling" (featuring. Faze & Aramide) "Femi Jubal" 2011
"Fever" (featuring. Aramide, Yemi Alade & Jowhiz) "Sizzle Pro" 2014
"Rise" (featuring. Muna, Nikki Laoye, Glowreeyah Braimah, J’odie, Aramide, Shola Allyson, Onos & Joan Ekpai) "Titi" 2015
"Lamba" (featuring. Aramide & Reekado Banks) "Mr Chidoo"

Cover[edit]

List of Covers as lead artist
Title Year
"ELDee's – Today Today (Cover)" 2012
"Davido’s Ekuro (Cover)" 2013
"Tuface's – Amaka (Cover)" 2018

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award description(s) Results Ref
2015 All Africa Music Awards Most Promising Artist in Africa Nominated [19][20][21]
The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) ("Iwo Nikan") Won [3][22]
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Female Artist of the Year Nominated [23][24]
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Alternative Artist Won [25]
The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) ("Love Me") Nominated [26]
The Headies NEXT RATED Nominated [27]
All Africa Music Awards - AFRIMA Best Female Artist in West Africa Won [28]
2017 All Africa Music Awards - AFRIMA Best Female Artist in West Africa Nominated [29]
2018 The Headies Award Best Alternative Song (Funmi Lowo Remix ft. Sound Sultan & Koker) Won [citation needed]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Aramide Biography". Aramide.
  3. ^ a b "Full list of winners @ The Headies 2015". 2 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Aramide appointed by the The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs®) as a Board of Governor for the Washington, D.C. Chapter". 16 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Popular Singer, Aramide Ties The Knot With Her Husband (Photos) - Gistmania". www.gistmania.com. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  6. ^ "More PHOTOS: Singer Aramide's church wedding". African Spotlight. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Being married cannot slow down my career — Aramide - Vanguard News". 4 September 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Aramide was on star Quest". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Singer Aramide Signs a New Record Label Deal with Baseline Music After Trybe Records Exit". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Aramide Joins Skales And Saeon At Baseline Music". 9 September 2014. Archived from the original on 25 November 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  11. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Aramide". Youth Village Nigeria. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Suitcase by Aramide on Itunes". 22 November 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Aramide - Shows". Aramide. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
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  15. ^ "Aramide songs on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Aramide To Perform At Felabration". LifeStyle.ng. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Alternative Nigerian Chart | The Beat 99.9 FM". The Beat 99.9 Fm. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  18. ^ Irede, Princess. "Playdata Radio Chart: Top 10 songs on Nigerian radio [Week 9]". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  19. ^ "All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) out with final 2015 nominees list; more top African artists emerge". Olisa. Archived from the original on 19 December 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
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  21. ^ "AFRIMA Announces Nominees For 2015 • Channels Television". Channels Television. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  22. ^ Adeleke, Shayo (30 September 2015). "The Headies Awards 2015- Full Nominees List". 36NG. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) Announces 2015 Nominees". Naijaloaded. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  24. ^ Akan, Joey. "NEA Awards 2015: Check out complete winners List". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  25. ^ "FULL Nominee List For 2016 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) | Nigerian Entertainment Today - Nigeria's Number 1 Entertainment Daily". 17 June 2016. Archived from the original on 2 January 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Headies Award 2016: Complete list of Nominees". 6 November 2016. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Headies Award 2016: Complete list of Nominees". 6 November 2016. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  28. ^ "2016 ALL AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES LIST (BATCH A)". 24 August 2016. Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  29. ^ "AU, AFRIMA Jury Unveil AFRIMA 2017 Nominees List". 10 August 2017. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.